By Joe B (UK)
The Intern was directed and written by Nancy Meyers and stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.
Here is a short synopsis for anyone who has not heard of this film:
70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Now at first when I saw the marketing for this picture I originally thought I would be getting another cheesy ‘De Niro’ flop and I had little optimism going into it however I left the theater with a smile on my face so good job movie!
The first thing I noticed about this film is that it was going to be a lot funnier than I had originally thought and oh my god the comedy in this movie has most of the audience laughing out loud throughout (which is a very hard thing to do in my opinion). Now I have to just put it out there that De Niro KILLS it in this movie. He is classy and sort of reminded me of Kingsman in a way; being a gentleman and wearing a suit is a cool thing to do and De Niro is what every man in old age should be like.
The first act of this film moves exceptionally fast which is a great thing, there is not much build up to Ben actually becoming an intern and that’s great, but I could understand if some viewers much think it went too quick as the opening 10 minutes gives a lot of backstory and information into Ben’s character, But the movie slows down eventually but I’ll get onto that later on in this review! When I first saw Jules (Anne Hathaway) I did not like the character, I thought she was just a clique young entrepreneur who is ‘hip’ and does things her own way. I mean the first scene with her in she rides a bike through the offices of her company…
I mentioned comedy before and this film has very good comedic timing and some amazing comedy talent and that is down to Ben’s fellow interns played by Jason Orley, Zack Pearlman and Adam DeVine. All of which do an amazing job of being the comedic relief type characters and that really works to cut back to them and the chemistry between all of the actors was just superb. You could tell that all of these characters were friends and that helped enhance the viewing experience. There is one scene in particular which I will not ruin for you but has the interns (Orley, Pearlman, DeVine and De Niro) breaking into a house and I laughed my head off at the acting in this scene.
Now to a sub-spoiler which will help your experience, there is no romantic relationship ever in the film between Ben and Jules which was perfect for the film as he is old enough to be her grandfather and it would have been easy for the film to have gone down this route. I am telling you this as I spent a lot of the film thinking ‘they are about to kiss. Please don’t ruin the movie and kiss’ and thankfully they did not. I would have enjoyed the picture more if I was not guessing this hence why I am telling you this.
Now there is a turning point in the film where Ben finds something out about a character and this slows down the film and the tone changes to a much more serious one and this did not work in my opinion. I just wanted that part of the film to be over so I could get back to enjoying the banter of the office and just watching De Niro perform but this plot point was sort of needed in the film to add purpose I suppose but I think they could of gone down a different route and some of the story arcs were just not needed. They probably could have shaved about 15 mins of the runtime and that reflects towards the end.
Overall I had a pretty good time watching The Intern, the chemistry was great. The jokes worked but some story arcs were not needed and there were some pacing issues in the last act.
I would recommend you see this movie!
This was my first ever movie review so all constructive criticism/feedback would be great.
Ben Whittaker: In retirement there’s an ongoing relentless effort in creativity. Tried yoga, learned to cook, bought some plants, took classes in Mandarin. Believe me, I’ve tried everything. I just know there’s a hole in my life and I need to fill it…soon.
Young Interviewer: Okay, Benjamin, I’m gonna ask you one of our more telling questions for all of our interns. So I want you to like, this is the one to really think about, okay? Where do you see yourself in ten yeas?
Ben Whittaker: When I’m eighty?